Dr Pankaj K Phadnis is a Corporate professional who seeks to use the power of information technology to promote social good. Education, Skilling, Universal Health Care and Affordable Housing are areas of special importance to him. To fulfill these needs, protection of Unity and Integrity of the Country and prevalence of social harmony are indispensible prerequisites. Making peace with the past and learning from it – to him are therefore issues of great importance. This led him to a twenty-year independent research culminating into filing a Petition in the Supreme Court to reinvestigate the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and examine if the motive of the murder was to create ever-escalating enmity between India and Pakistan.
During his research, he has also come across grave issues affecting the Sovereignty of the nation, one of them concerning Telangana. On 19th December 2017, he has written a letter to the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaih Naidu and the Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan requesting them to forward his request to the Hon’ble Members of Parliament to take urgent remedial measures to undo the risk that the country faces after creation of Telangana.
The State of Telangana is the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad minus its Marathi and Kannada speaking areas. Few seem to realize that even in 2017 the agenda of the Security Council of the United Nations has a so called ‘Hyderabad Question’. That Hyderabad is an integral part of India is questioned by Courts in London, which have for last 70 years refused to release Rs 350 crores that the Finance Minister of Hyderabad had illegally transferred to Pakistan in 1948 as Indian troops began their operation to liberate the State from the menace of Razakaras.
Justice Srikrishna Commission set by the Government of India to examine the demand for the State of Telangana had categorically advised against formation of the State. It seems in the Chapter VIII of the Report, which remains Secret, the Commission had pointed out the risk to the Integrity of the Country, should a State of Telangana be formed even while UN Security Council is seized of the so called “Hyderabad Question’. In 2016, fears of Justice Srikrishna seem to be coming true as Pakistan raised the issue in United Nations. It is worth recalling that India was enslaved not because the Invaders were more powerful but because they were assisted by our own. One cannot rule out the possibility that in future an irresponsible leader from Telangana could demand that the State should enjoy the same autonomy as it did in 1948 before India annexed the State. The country would then be faced with frightening crisis of defending that Hyderabad is an integral part of India in the Security Council of the United Nations. Link to the UN website is: http://www.un.org/en/sc/repertoire/46-51/Chapter%208/46-51_08-19-The%20Hyderabad%20question.pdf
Both Pakistan and China would do their best to precipitate and profit from this frightening Indian crisis. In a world where a Catalonia demands Independence from Spain, such fears cannot be brushed aside as irrelevant.
In order to prevent such a crisis from taking place, Dr. Phadnis has urged the Parliament to pass following UNANIMOUS resolutions:
1 To Repudiate the offer made by Mr. Nehru to Hyderabad on June 17, 1948 against the decision of the Indian Cabinet and at the instance of Mr. Mountbatten. It is this offer that has ensured that the so-called Hyderabad Question remains on the agenda of Security Council of the United Nations even today.
2 To accept the Representation Number 2 made by Abhinav Bharat to Union of India on January 3, 2005, This was made pursuant order of the Division Bench of the Bombay High Court – Coram Chief Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Dr. Chandrachud on December 23, 2004 in W.P (lodg) 2947 of 2004. This will ensure that Indian Government will be recognized as Successor to the Secular Rule of the last Moghul – Bahadur Shah Zafar of which the Nizam of Hyderabad was a mere Subedar of Deccan.
3 Declare that no act of His Majesty’s Government in India between August 15, 1947 to January 25, 1950 is binding on Union of India unless otherwise specifically accepted by Union of India.